Top 10 Scariest Horror Movies

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Not everyone loves scary stories, but for those who do, everyone has their all time favorites. Some people love slashers, some love thrillers, and others love paranormal scares or found-footage movies. Every horror fan has a top ten list, but today on Top 5 Best, we’re showcasing top 10 of the best and most influential horror movies ever made. So lock your doors and dive under the sheets, because we’re counting down the top 10 horror movies.

10 - The Evil Dead
The Evil Dead is considered to be one of the most famous cult classic movies of all time. It was created in 1981 written and directed by Sam Raimi, starring the then-unknown Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, and Betsy Baker. Despite its low budget and the melodramatic, bad acting due to the actors inexperience, the film grossed over $2.4 million at the box office and launched the careers of Raimi, Campbell, and Tapert, who collaborated on films for years afterwards. It maintained a fairly simple plot structure and wasn’t shy on the gore. Even though the movie was hard to film, it was immensely popular, and Steven King praised it as “the most ferociously original horror movie of the year”. The Evil Dead is what you want if you want a classic “cabin in the woods” movie, and it never fails to frighten on the first watch. It spawned two sequels, a remake, and even a tv show, which is still on today. Even though later iterations of The Evil Dead took a more comedic tone, the original is still a horrifying classic, and worth a watch.
9 - Psycho
Psycho is a 1960 American psychological horror film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock, and written by Joseph Stefano, starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, John Gavin, Vera Miles and Martin Balsam, and was based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch. It is arguably Alfred Hitchcock’s best horror movie, and is one of the most iconic in the genre. The film initially received mixed reviews, but outstanding box office returns prompted reconsideration which led to overwhelming critical acclaim and four Academy Award nominations, including Best Supporting Actress for Leigh and Best Director for Hitchcock .After Hitchcock's death in 1980, Universal Studios began producing follow-ups: three sequels, a remake, a television film spin-off, and a contemporary prequel TV series.Its iconic shower scene has been parodied and referenced thousands of times in tv and film, and the Bate’s Motel tv series has grown immensely popular, and launched some careers of its own.
8 - Nightmare on Elm Street
Nightmare on Elm Street is a classic slasher horror movie, and is one of the scariest. It contains a monster that is almost impossible to defeat, and impossible to outrun. It was directed by Wes Craven in 1984 and starred Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Amanda Wyss, Jsu Garcia, Robert Englund, and even a young Johnny Depp. Freddy is horrifying not only for his ability to to kill his victims mysteriously, but for his ability to kill them when they are at their weakest, in their dreams. A Nightmare on Elm Street never fails to horrify its viewers with Freddy’s signature weapon, a bladed glove. His backstory is even more horrifying, and he wasn’t exactly a great guy in his life on earth either. It has a main character who isn’t an idiot, and gives all the characters a fair chance against their supernatural foe. Be careful when you watch this movie, because you won’t feel like sleeping afterwards!
7 - The Exorcist
The Exorcist is a 1973 American supernatural horror film, adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name, and starring Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, and Jason Miller. The film earned ten Academy Award nominations, winning Best Sound Mixing and Best Adapted Screenplay. It became one of the highest-grossing films in history, grossing over $441 million worldwide in the aftermath of various re-releases, and was the first horror film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. It was one of the most controversial films in history, because it gave viewers a unique view upon evil itself, and in the form of a possessed young girl no less. Viewers were both shocked and outraged at the sight of a young girl shouting profanities and becoming violent towards a priest. Once the film aired, reports of possessions increased tenfold, and the film was slandered by most churches and religious organizations. It may seem a little bit dated now, but when it came out, it was one of the most talked about things of the year. It is also one of the highest grossing horror films in history, and had a huge cultural impact, and help expand on just how far horror movies could push it.

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